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Novation 25 SLMK II MIDI controller
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Novation 25 SLMK II MIDI controller Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi!
I just bought a Novation 25 SLMKII (pronounced "slim-key", short for 'spiffly little midi keyboard'. LOL! I have to call it something. Why do they give these things names that mean nothing??) Actually it is my first MIDI controller! In fact I don't even have a laptop yet.

I wanted a MIDI controller after listening to Ableton's mind-blowing space instruments & effects. I had been looking for "spacy" ever since my Zeitgeist effects unit died! My sounds were just too "normal" Smile

Does anyone else have one of these? I'd like to correspond about MIDI and similar stuff.

Anyway, there is a display screen that is supposed to display paramaters for any knob/button that you touch, but mine only displays it for the top row of encoders (which has some very pretty LEDs by the way.) I wonder why it is doing this? Perhaps it only works in the 'Automap" software that they are pushing. My computer did not like Automap. It froze & I had to do a spyware scan. My automap mysteriously disappeared.

There is almost no documentation for the Newbie. So I am discovering it all on my own. Today I thought I'd try & see if the electribe can be hooked up to Ableton's drum rack. After really learning what Ableton's drum racks can do along with a good MIDI controller, I think all my hardware just became obsolete! Surprised

Anyone who I have talked to who remembers me from E-M, please write! I hardly saw anyone I knew at the last E-M. Miss you!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You really need to get auto map installed correctly to get the best out of this.

Have you tried downloading the newest version from the notation web site and installing that?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

BobTheDog wrote:
You really need to get auto map installed correctly to get the best out of this.

Have you tried downloading the newest version from the notation web site and installing that?


I am told that if you use Ableton you don't need Automap & that the SLMKi is set up to work "seamlessly" with ableton.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

laura woodswalker wrote:
BobTheDog wrote:
You really need to get auto map installed correctly to get the best out of this.

Have you tried downloading the newest version from the notation web site and installing that?


I am told that if you use Ableton you don't need Automap & that the SLMKi is set up to work "seamlessly" with ableton.


Yeah so I downloaded & installed Automap. I don't use it in my controller though...I use Advanced mode because thats how I learned.

So I have this weird problem... several notes don't play. Specifically c-1 thru F-1. Doesn't matter which ableton instrument. Doesn't matter if I switch octaves, so it is not a hardware problem on the SLmki keys.
I believe the problem existed since I bought the instrument on Oct. 19 but I only really took note of it now.

What the hell could the problem be?

I like this controller but I have had a lot of problems with it, because of Novation's awful documentation, their confusion with Automap, and now this.

I wrote to their tech support but that will take several days. Meanwhile I wonder if any of you folks have any ideas.

Ever get tired of problems? Mad

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Do you have any midi monitoring software?

You are on windows yes?

Midiox is a good one, install it and monitor the midi from the keyboard, there is a simple vid here showing how http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=midiox%20monitor&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CE0QtwIwAw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DWsEP6woIeXM&ei=QEPATtOwN5TE8QPfx5ijBA&usg=AFQjCNHRCojFCusPTNOtswFtYmyLxmKR8g

Press the problem keys, are there midi messages?

If not then could well be a hardware issue.
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